Kansas City proposes closing three schools
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City officials have proposed closing a high school and two elementary schools as part of a plan that will affect most of the district's schools.
Kansas City Public Schools said at a board meeting Wednesday the proposal calls for closing the Southwest Early College Campus and the Crispus Attucks and Satchel Paige elementary schools.
The Kansas City Star reports the plan, which requires the board's approval before going into effect in 2016, would also reconfigure school attendance boundaries, reduce the distance students walk to school and phase in year-round school for four of the lowest-performing elementary schools.
The proposed plan aims to raise student achievement by putting schools at the center of neighborhoods.
The Kansas City district has been working toward improving performance to regain full state accreditation.